Wireless Industry News

After almost two years of speaking about it publicly, Verizon is still excited about the kinds of fixed wireless services it can offer with 5G.

“I would say if anything, we’re more excited about it,” said Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam in response to a question during a J.P. Morgan investment conference this week.

Verizon is conducting fixed wireless 5G trials in 11 markets across the country and has been talking about offering an alternative to cable companies, something rival T-Mobile executives have seized on, calling that a boring play for 5G. T-Mobile says it's pursuing a 5G strategy that will blanket the country and offer more exciting mobile use cases, like augmented reality heads-up displays that see everything a person does and provide information back to the person about surrounding people and objects. Read More

Verizon Wireless activated its Category M1 LTE network, making it the first U.S. carrier to launch a nationwide LTE network dedicated to the internet of things. The carrier said it will offer IoT data plans for as little as $2 per month per device, with customized options available for bulk activations and volume purchases.

Category M1 LTE is very different from the higher categories of LTE that smartphones use. Uplink and downlink speeds are both capped at one megabit per second, and bandwidth is capped at 1.4 megahertz per device. This is said to enable low-cost connectivity chipsets for devices that do not need constant communication with the network. Category M1 modems are roughly 75% less complex than Category 1 modems, which are currently used to connect IoT devices to LTE networks